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Upgrade includes better
navigation and easier
content management
By Colleen Turner



T
       his summer, the University of
       Calgary’s website will have a
       new look and be easier to use
and manage.
   The new design, developed by
External Relations in close consulta-
tion with Information Technologies
and Student and Academic Services,
features a new home page and tem-
plates for subsequent pages.
   In addition to the design overhaul,
IT has led a process to select a new
                                           Sample of the new U of C homepage.
content management system for the
campus. In tandem, the new look and        Bagnell Styles, associate vice-presi-       new content management system will
content management system will give        dent, external relations, who has led       make it easier for web designers and
staff and faculty improved tools to        the design project. “Within the             webmasters to adopt the new design           Bill Warren, U of C’s 10th chancellor.
help them create a consistent look         design, though, staff and faculty can       and also improve functionality and           / Photo by Ken Bendiktsen
across the university’s varied web-        still personalize their content.”           navigation.
sites, help web users better find the          The benefit for users is that they’ll      “It’s fair to say that the university’s
information they are seeking and give
faculty, units and departments
                                           be better able to navigate through all
                                           campus web pages. “The functional-
                                                                                       web pages to date have been a mish-
                                                                                       mash of different styles, design and
                                                                                                                                    Chancellor Warren
improved ability to update content.
   “The project to redesign the U of
C’s website was done with our users
                                           ity will improve and the navigation
                                           will be in the same place from page to
                                                                                       ease of navigation,” says Esche.
                                                                                       “With the introduction of a univer-          leaves bold legacy
                                           page,” says Bagnell Styles. “Both           sity-wide content management sys-
in mind,” says Roman Cooney, vice-                                                                                                  By Alex Frazer-Harrison
                                           these concerns have been raised by          tem, this will be less of a problem.”
president, external relations. “The U      students.”                                     IT worked directly with more than
of C’s home page receives more than                                                                                                 When Bill Warren became the University of Cal-
                                               David Johnston, executive director      140 people responsible for web pages
50,000 hits a day. As a whole, the                                                                                                  gary’s 10th chancellor in 2002, he thought he would
                                           of e-strategy for SAS, says students        in selecting the new content manage-
www.ucalgary.ca site processes                                                                                                      be part of the most exciting four years in the univer-
                                           and prospective students are very           ment system, an open source product
450,000 hits a day. Those are phenom-                                                                                               sity’s history.
                                           computer literate and savvy—they            known as Drupal. Drupal is widely
enal numbers and we need to ensure                                                                                                     “I was wrong,” says Warren, as he gets ready to
                                           turn to the Internet first to find the      used around the world, and is cur-
people are able to navigate our pages.”                                                                                             turn over his duties to chancellor-elect Joanne Cuth-
                                           information they need and want.             rently being used by the Teaching and
   Over the past several weeks, a                                                                                                   bertson. “It will be the next four years that will be
                                               “In a survey of 2005 entering stu-      Learning Centre on campus for a vari-
number of U of C staff and faculty                                                                                                  the most exciting. I think that speaks to the momen-
                                           dents, 81.5 percent said they used the      ety of projects.
have had an opportunity to preview                                                                                                  tum that’s been generated here. I see no reason why
                                           web to research university options,”           Together, IT and External Rela-
the new design. Comments from                                                                                                       that momentum won’t continue.”
                                           says Johnston. “We’re working hard          tions will offer training sessions and
them, as well as feedback from stu-                                                                                                    President Harvey Weingarten has a slightly dif-
                                           to attract and retain the best and          assistance with using the new tem-
dent focus groups, will be incorpo-                                                                                                 ferent take on Warren’s four-year analogy.
                                           brightest students and anything we          plates and standards, and faculties,
rated into the final design, which will                                                                                                “Whatever we do manage to accomplish in the
                                           can do to improve their online experi-      departments and units will roll out
launch in July.                                                                                                                     next four years, Bill can take pride and comfort in
                                           ence will serve us well, now and in the     their new sites over the next few
   “The new design offers a bolder,                                                                                                 knowing that he has been a substantial force in help-
                                           future.”                                    months. More information on imple-
but cleaner look, with consistent nav-                                                                                              ing us do that,” he says. “The legacy of his efforts
                                               Harold Esche, the university’s          mentation and training will follow in
igation and layout,” says Catherine                                                                                                 will last longer than his term.”
                                           chief information officer, says the         the next couple of weeks.
                                                                                                                                       Warren, a member of the Order of Canada, over-
                                                                                                                                    saw tremendous change in his role as the public face
                                                                                                                                    of the university.
     YOUR ALUMNI                                                                                                                       He kept his ties strong with the Senate, students
                                                                                                                                    and alumni. “It’s important for the chancellor to get
Kinesiology grad juggles more than just classes                                                                                     input on issues from as many external and internal
                                                                                                                                    sources as possible,” he says. “It’s important to
By Brenda Cosens                                                                                  While pursuing his degree         understand the position of the Students’ Union and
                                                                                                  and achieving a near per-         of administration. It’s important to talk to student
It is widely acknowledged                                                                         fect GPA, he ran his own          leaders and understand their issues.”
that in order to complete a                                                                       entertainment company and            Warren assisted in fundraising more than $1 mil-
university degree, students                                                                       was a sometimes emcee             lion through the Chancellor’s Club and other proj-
must learn how to juggle.                                                                         and keynote speaker.              ects, raising money for scholarships and bursaries.
Travis Saunders has taken                                                                            “He just doesn’t fail at          “The Chancellor’s Club affords people the oppor-
that literally.                                                                                   anything,” says Dr. Doug          tunity to link with the university,” says Warren.
    Actually, Saunders’s                                                                          Brown, who was Saun-              “When they hear people from the university speak
juggling skills were well                                                                         ders’s practicum advisor          about the progress that’s been made here, it sticks in
honed long before he set                                                                          when he chaired the               their mind as something worth supporting.”
foot on the University of                                                                         Alberta Youth Olympics.              Known for his work inspiring young athletes as
Calgary campus. The 22-                                                                              “I hate not being good         president of the Canadian Olympic Association and
year-old sport psychology                                                                         at something,” says Saun-         director of the Calgary Olympic Development Asso-
major and this year’s win-                                                                        ders. “If I’m having trou-        ciation, Warren’s interest in building futures for
ner of the Gold Medal in                                                                          ble with something I step         young people was evident in all he did at U of C.
Kinesiology started his                                                                           back and evaluate what               “One of Bill’s strengths was he always had stu-
juggling career at the age                                                                        has to be done and then           dent interests at heart,” says Board of Governors
of nine, after receiving a                                                                        reorganize. I guess I fol-        Chair Brian MacNeill. “He has a passion for educa-
book on juggling for his                                                                          low the 80/20 rule—giv-           tion and young people and he always had their inter-
birthday.                                                                                         ing 80 percent of my time         ests at heart.”
    The tenacity of this                                                                          and effort to the 20 per-            Teale Phelps Bondaroff, a Chancellor’s Club
self-described “hyper kid”                                                                        cent that’s really impor-         scholarship recipient in 2004 and a political sci-
was evident even then, as                                                                         tant.”                            ence/international relations major, remembers War-
he taught himself to juggle                                                                          This philosophy has            ren’s tradition of inviting each year’s scholarship
in just one month. He got                                                                         stood him in good stead.          winners to his home for a pizza party.
his first paid juggling gig                                                                       This year, Saunders won              “I was amazed by his basement, which resembled
                                 Travis Saunders is good at running fast and juggling – both
at age 11.                                                                                        the gold medal in kinesiol-       an Olympic museum,” says Phelps Bondaroff.
                                 traits that served him well during his years at university.                                        “Chancellor Warren has done a great deal for not
    “It was fun and nobody                                                                        ogy—the “highest distinc-
else could do it,” says the      / Photo by Brenda Cosens                                         tion in scholarship”—as a         only the university, but the community and city at
New Brunswick native. “I                                                                          handful of scholarships           large,” he adds.
really liked performing and     for the four by 100-metre         dles and 3,000-metre stee-      which will help him pur-             Warren says there are many similarities between
it just kept snowballing.”      relay event with three            plechase.                       sue a PhD and possibly an         students trying to better themselves academically
    An unlikely spin-off of     other jogglers                        He represented Canada       eventual professorship.           and in their careers, and with young athletes training
this vocation are two               Saunders ran track for        at the Olympics in Aus-            Saunders starts work on        for the Olympics. “They all strive to be the best they
world records in the sport      New Brunswick in the              tralia in 2000 as a youth       his master’s degree in            can be,” he says.
of “joggling.” Joggling,        2005 Canada Games, and            ambassador and at the           physiology this fall at              Warren’s favourite memory as chancellor? Con-
for the uninitiated, is         has competed at four              Francophone Games in            Queens University in              vocation. “It’s a unique privilege to be the first to
defined as running while        Canadian Inter-university         2002 as a juggling com-         Kingston.                         shake the hand of a new graduate. They’ve taken
juggling.                       Sport National Champi-            petitor. He is fluently            Though heading east,           four years or more to get there, and to take part in
    While in Grade 10,          onships for the Dinos. He         bilingual.                      Saunders says he values           that process is really an honour. After a week, your
Saunders, an avid track         has been the New                      Saunders was a Dinos’       the time he spent at U of C,      hand is sore, but it’s worth it.”
competitor, won the first       Brunswick provincial              captain for both track and      ranking his decision to take         Warren also remembers the day it was announced
ever official 200-metre         champion in his age group         cross country and was           his kinesiology degree here       that the veterinary school was coming to the U of C.
joggling event. He holds        at least four times, com-         given a leadership award        as “the best decision I           “I’m competitive by nature—my work in sport
the current world record        peting in 400 -metre hur-         for the indoor track team.      could have made.”                 reflects that—and that was a good win.”


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